September 28, 2016

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL ONLY
Julie B. Axelrod
c/o Michael Wallace
Immigration Reform Law Institute
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 335
Washington, DC 20001
mwallace@irli.org
Tracking No: OGE FOIA FY 16/085
Dear Ms. Axelrod:
This letter responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was
received by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) FOIA Office on September 27, 2016
and assigned tracking number OGE FOIA FY 16/085. The request seeks the following:
1. Any and all records regarding the reports DHS filed with the Office of Government
Ethics required by the federal ethics regulations at 5 CFR 2638.503(c) and 5 CFR
2638.503(a) regarding the March 24, 2015 OIG report, Investigation into Employee
Complaints about Management of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ EB-5
Program.
2. Any and all original records of actions taken or not taken regarding the matter in item #1.
OGE has searched and has not located any records pertaining to any recommendation of
investigation issued pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 2638.503(a) or any agency reports filed pursuant to
5 C.F.R. § 2638.503(c), dating from 2013 to the present.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your request, you may contact
me by telephone at 202-482-9267. As OGE’s FOIA Public Liaison, I am available for assisting
in reducing delays, increasing transparency and understanding of the status of requests, and
assisting in the resolution of disputes. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government
Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire
about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:
Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov;
telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

Julie B. Axelrod
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The OGE official responsible for this FOIA determination is the undersigned. In
accordance with the FOIA, as codified at 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A), and OGE’s updated FOIA
regulations, at 5 C.F.R. § 2604.304, you may administratively appeal this determination to the
Program Counsel, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, 1201 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500,
Washington, DC 20005-3917. Any such appeal must be in writing and must be sent within 90
days of the date you receive this response letter. If you do appeal, you should include copies of
your request and this response, together with a statement of why you believe this initial
determination is in error. Also, if you appeal, you should clearly indicate on the envelope and in
the letter that it is a “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.”
Sincerely,

RACHEL
DOWELL

Digitally signed by RACHEL DOWELL
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Date: 2016.09.28 14:34:29 -04'00'

Rachel K. Dowell
OGE FOIA Officer